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Phil Mickelson says he is looking to ride the wave of his Open Championship success by claiming his third successive title when he begins his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational campaign.
The American produced one of the greatest final rounds in major history, carding a magnificent 66 at Muirfield to claim his first Claret Jug.
The win in East Lothian came on the back of victory at the previous week’s Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and Mickelson himself admits he is currently playing the best golf of his illustrious career.
He now heads to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where he’ll be looking to complete a magnificent hat-trick of victories ahead of the final major of the year, the US PGA at Oak Hill.
‘Lefty’ has struggled at Firestone in recent years, as despite recording five top tens in the first decade of the tournament, he has failed to finish higher than 43rd in the last four years.
Despite his recent poor results in Akron, the 43-year-old is understandably feeling confident following his successes in Scotland and is hoping to continue his run this week in his build-up to the PGA Championship and FedEx Cup playoffs.
“We’ve got the big event here, a World Golf Championships event, we’ve got the PGA next week, and our FedExCup (playoffs),” Mickelson said. “So it’s a lot of golf left. Right now I’m playing as well as I ever have and want to make sure I stay focused this week and next week because there’s an opportunity to add to this year and make this year every bit as special as it can be.”